The government announced on Feb 27 that the requirements for the red-white-red card, an Austrian work permit, will be revised.
Similar to a U.S. Green Card, the Rot-Weiss-Rot Karte is a major qualifying step for immigrating to Austria, allowing non-EU citizens to obtain a permanent work permit. However unrealistic standards have plagued the initiative since its launch in 2011. For example, applicants were required to prove they had accommodation in Austria prior to even receiving the card. “The regulations were absurd,” admitted Minister of Economic Affairs, Margarete Schramböck, and made “the recruitment of foreign professionals bureaucratic, tedious and impractical.” The reforms will include removing the “local accommodation” requirement, lowering the minimum salary for “dependent key employees” and, as of 2020, ease the process through digital applications.